The University of Missouri-Kansas City has begun transitioning from the Blackboard learning management system (LMS) to the Canvas LMS. A limited number of courses are included in Phase I of this transition, which spans spring and summer 2018. Faculty included in Phase I will provide recommendations on how to improve UMKC’s transition to Canvas.
Beginning fall 2018, UMKC enters Phase II of the transition. All courses will have a Canvas course site for fall. Faculty can migrate Blackboard course content to Canvas in preparation for the fall semester. Those faculty wishing to teach in Blackboard for fall 2018 are required to request a Blackboard course site. A request form will soon be available within the Blackboard Request System for this purpose.
Summer 2019 marks the final opportunity to transition to Canvas and the completion of Phase II. By fall 2019, all courses will be taught in Canvas and Blackboard will no longer be available.
Questions? See the FAQ and support information below or contact the Canvas Transition Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a new user get a Canvas account?
All UMKC faculty, staff, and students can access the Canvas LMS with their UMKC single sign-on (SSO). This video tutorial provides information on customizing your Canvas account.
How can I request a Canvas sandbox?
To request a sandbox, go to http://canvas.umkc.edu and log in. Click on Help in the left-hand side menu, then Canvas Request System. From there, click on New Sandbox / Template Site and fill out the form.
Can I teach in Canvas this summer?
The summer 2018 Canvas pilot is full. Beginning fall 2018, Canvas will be open to all instructors.
Can I teach in Blackboard or Canvas this fall?
All courses will have a Canvas course site for fall 2018. Faculty can migrate their Blackboard course content to Canvas in preparation for the fall semester. Those faculty wishing to teach in Blackboard for fall 2018 are required to request a Blackboard course site. You can request a Blackboard course site by logging into Blackboard and selecting the Request System tab at the top.
How do I migrate my Blackboard course to Canvas?
Faculty can follow these instructions for Migrating a Course from Blackboard to Canvas (PDF). Once the Blackboard course has been migrated, additional cleanup and editing will be needed before the course is ready to publish.
How do I copy a Canvas sandbox?
Is Faculty Certification available in Canvas?
Yes, the Faculty Certification in Online Teaching course is now taught in Canvas. Instructors can register for monthly online, self-paced, or boot camp options on the workshops page.
The Blackboard version of the faculty certification course is no longer available.
Is Canvas training available for faculty?
How can I get help with Canvas?
Blackboard ends in...
UMKC Canvas Transition Timeline
Courses can be converted but not taught in Canvas unless part of pilot. Moodle retires spring 2018; Blackboard remains available.
Courses move to Canvas voluntarily (highly encouraged). Moodle is discontinued; Blackboard remains available.
All courses must be taught in Canvas.
Blackboard is discontinued.